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6. Invoking gij

gij is a Java bytecode interpreter included with libgcj. gij is not available on every platform; porting it requires a small amount of assembly programming which has not been done for all the targets supported by gcj.

The primary argument to gij is the name of a class or, with -jar, a jar file. Options before this argument are interpreted by gij; remaining options are passed to the interpreted program.

If a class name is specified and this class does not have a main method with the appropriate signature (a static void method with a String[] as its sole argument), then gij will print an error and exit.

If a jar file is specified then gij will use information in it to determine which class' main method will be invoked.

gij will invoke the main method with all the remaining command-line options.

Note that gij is not limited to interpreting code. Because libgcj includes a class loader which can dynamically load shared objects, it is possible to give gij the name of a class which has been compiled and put into a shared library on the class path.

This defines a system property named name with value value. If value is not specified then it defaults to the empty string. These system properties are initialized at the program's startup and can be retrieved at runtime using the java.lang.System.getProperty method.

This sets the initial heap size

This sets the maximum heap size.

This indicates that the name passed to gij should be interpreted as the name of a jar file, not a class.

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